The Golden age pass is one of the best deals offered by the federal government to senior citizens, 62 and over. The actual name is something like the America the Beautiful – the National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands pass; senior pass. It is an inter agency pass from the USDA Forestry service. It gets you and 3 others into National Parks and many other National areas for free. It cost $20 if you apply on line, $10 for the pass and $10 for processing. If you apply in person at a ranger station, sometimes the $10 processing fee is waived. Good for the rest of your life, or until you lose it, or arrive at one the hundreds of places that accept the pass and realize yours is at home. In which case you buy another one because it is cheaper. The pass also gets you half off camping fees at Corp of engineer and BLM campgrounds. I got mine on my birthday at Natural Bridges National Monument in Utah. The following is from the NPS website.
America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass – Senior Pass – Cost $10.The Senior Pass replaces the Golden Age Passport. This is a lifetime pass for US citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over. The pass provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an entrance or standard amenity fee. The pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and pass holder plus three adults, not to exceed four adults, at per person fee areas (children under 16 are admitted free). The pass can only be obtained in person at the park. The Senior Pass provides a 50 percent discount on some expanded amenity fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launch, and specialized interpretive services. In some cases where expanded amenity fees are charged, only the pass holder will be given the 50 percent price reduction. The pass is non-transferable and generally does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires.
There is a rumor floating around the AARP site that the cost of this pass might be going up this year.